SD: Former South Dakota senator charged with illegally killing a mountain lion
March 8, 2014
RAPID CITY, South Dakota — A former state senator is facing a
misdemeanor charge after illegally killing a mountain lion that was
caught in a bobcat trap in western South Dakota.
against Gordon Howie, who served in the Legislature between 2005 and
2010, stems from a Jan. 31 incident near Hill City, the Rapid City
"I knew that was not the appropriate
choice to make," he said. "It seemed like it at the moment, but in
retrospect, what can you say, I had a legitimate tag, I was a
legitimate hunter, but it was a game violation."
discovered Howie's violation when he took the carcass to a Game,
Fish and Parks office, and a biologist noticed it had marks around
its leg, a sign that it had been trapped. The violation carries a
maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
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